Not only am I a “fur mom” to three cats, I am also a “Grand fur mom” to my daughter’s three cats, which, thankfully, do not live with us. There is such a thing as too many cats, believe it or not!  Whenever I go over to visit my daughter, my grandcats are excited to see me.  One day, when I arrived, Monster ran to the door to greet me. I noticed he was limping and wondered what was wrong. “He is allergic to his cat litter,” my daughter explained, “It has messed up his paws.” Sure enough, he had little sores on his paws. He had kept biting them until they were bloody.  This brought about what I like to call “The Cat Litter Experiment.”  She tried several different types of cat litter and finally settled on cedar shavings.  To be honest, I was less than impressed. His paws seemed to be better, but the shavings were smelly and got scattered all over the house.  I could understand the small piles of shavings the cats spilled beside the litter boxes, but they could manage to move shavings to completely different rooms of the house.  I spent a lot of time sweeping the floors when I was at her home.

Foster Cats

Trix and Daisy, the foster cats, like Simple Solution too.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream Recipe

by Pam on July 21, 2014

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blueberry cheesecake ice cream

Summer is in full swing and it is hot, hot, hot!  One of my favorite memories of my childhood was sitting on my Grandmother’s huge front porch on a hot summer day and waiting for someone to finish churning a quart of ice cream in the hand cranked freezer.  Since my Grandmother didn’t believe in air conditioning, (“We don’t need it,” she’d say),  this was the perfect opportunity to cool down.  We would enjoy scoops of the cold, creamy goodness, ending with sticky hands and faces.  As an adult, I am a huge proponent of central air conditioning, but  I still enjoy at least one batch of homemade ice cream each summer, especially since the kids are old enough to churn the ice cream!  When my neighbor brought over a batch of fresh picked blueberries, he hinted they would be perfect to use in ice cream.  I had been planning to make a batch of strawberry cheesecake ice cream, but quickly changed my mind and decided to use the blueberries.   The recipe I use can be made in an ice cream freezer or made by placing it in the freezer for a few hours if no kids are available to work the hand crank.
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homemade smores bar covered

Have I mentioned-more than once each post-how much I am enjoying our new patio remodel? We’ve been making progress left and right, which means lots of entertaining!  When I asked the kids what item they most wanted for our patio  they surprised me by all readily agreeing to a fire pit! “We can make S’mores!” they said.  As soon as I brought the fire pit home  my son assembled it and discussed with his sister and friends the best date to have a S’mores bar.  Their choice? Immediately.  I asked them, “Are you sure you want to build a fire and make S’mores when it is 97 degrees?”  Their answer was a resounding, “Yes.”  Since we were having friends over for a cookout, I ran to Walmart to pick up some supplies and grab the “absolutely necessary items” for a S’mores bar.  While browsing on the candy aisle, I saw something new; Juicy Fruit Bubble Gum and Juicy Fruit Fruity Chews Bottles. I’m a big gum chewer so I added those to my cart to place on our S’mores bar. Who doesn’t like to chew gum after eating S’mores, right?

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When I taught elementary school I had a love-hate relationship with summer. I loved the carefree, lazy days of summer, relaxing by the pool or hiking through the mountains. I didn’t love returning to school to find all the knowledge the kids had absorbed over the year had seemed to leak out during those summer days. I had to to spend several weeks doing refresher work to make sure everyone was back up to speed.  This made me think long and hard about what to do with my kids over the summer. They were resistant to what they deemed my “attempts to educate them” during the summer, often complaining to their father, “Dad, make Mom stop trying to educate us! It’s our break!”  I had to spend plenty of time finding sneaky ways to throw in education. One of my favorite ways to introduce science and math concepts was baking with the kids. They got a treat and totally did not realize they were learning.
Chemical Cookies

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Why I am Loving Audio Fest at Best Buy

by Pam on July 19, 2014

I am not the perfect housewife. While other people may be “Suzy Q. Homemaker,” I am all about finding ways to make cleaning easier and more enjoyable. I’ve decided cleaning is much more fun if I am dancing around the house to my favorite tunes. The problem with that is I have to either pick up my laptop and move it from room to room or play tunes on our main computer, which has only a small sound range. My singing goes something like this, “It’s going down! I’m yelling, “Hey! Why can’t I hear the music anymore?” Naturally, this thrills my kids who are not happy with a singing and dancing mom, and annoys me. Remember the old saying, “If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.”
Audio Fest Best Buy

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Mary Todd Lincoln House & Ashland: The Jewels of Lexington

July 18, 2014

No visit to  Lexington would be complete without a visit to the Mary Todd Lincoln House or Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate. Although overshadowed and known as the wife of 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd was a fascinating character in her own right. Well educated and vivacious, she was sought after in her hometown [...]

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Fighting LBL with SAM and Poise!

July 17, 2014

Thanks to Poise for sponsoring today’s conversation on an important, but kind of embarrassing, topic. Having kids can be exhilarating, a thrilling adventure and totally rewarding. It can also wrack havoc on your body.  After having my children, especially the more I had, came some not so subtle changes in my body.  Let’s just say, [...]

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